Residents in Alameda County District 2 had little to say over the appointment of former Union City councilmember Richard Valle to the supervisors seat in July. But they will have the chance to decide on Nov. 6 whether to keep Valle in office and allow him to represent them on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for the remaining two years left over from Nadia Lockyer's term.
Or they can choose one of three contenders -- Mary Hayashi, Mark Green or Mark Turnquist. Hayashi is a state lawmaker with six years on the California Assembly and a stack of bills bearing her name. But she was also convicted of shoplifting $2,450 worth of goods from a Neiman Marcus department store.
However, state term limits are forcing her out of the Assembly, not the misdemeanor charges or 30-month probation sentence she is serving.
The shoplifting conviction doesn't appear to have hurt her ability to raise funds for her campaign. So far she has assembled a $157,647 war chest, although nothing in comparison to Lockyer's multimillion campaign. Lockyer resigned her seat in disgrace in April after revelations of an extramarital affair and drug use surfaced.
That hasn't stopped Valle from drawing parallels. "I can't raise the kind of money she can," Valle said about Hayashi. "I trust the voters won't let her money equal their vote."
However, he has raised nearly as much: $148,266 in monetary campaign donations.
Turnquist, the least
Hayashi's perspective comes from her experience as a state lawmaker, which she may be able to draw on to bring money to the county. And Green is the most overtly pro-business candidate whose main strategy to increase revenue revolves around attracting more business by easing permitting and improving infrastructure.
Otherwise, there were few substantive differences between Hayashi, Valle and Green on county issues, the most pressing of which boil down to health care, the economy and public safety.
The candidates support the measure to permanently double the transportation sales tax. They want to stop the cycle of budget cuts by attracting and keeping more business.
Valle, Hayashi and Green said they would consider looking at pension costs and the compensation perks top management and supervisors receive. They all favor keeping the A's and Raiders in Oakland to varying degrees, with Green being the most open to a moveby either of the teams if it meant they would stay in the Bay Area.
And they favored more oversight of the county's contracting procedures and monitoring to prevent the sort of fraud that prompted a scandal involving county contracting with the Associated Community Action Program and a civil grand jury investigation.
They all intend to remain in District 2 if elected and run again in 2014 for a full term.
Hayashi called county government, "the front line of public service."
Green said he alone is not running on "what I might do."
Valle said running was a "moral obligation."
Before being appointed as supervisor, Valle served three terms on the Union City Council, where he was known as a close ally to unions. He said he has wide support, and the money he has raised so far shows contributions from a variety of individuals, businesses and developers. But at least $63,250 -- nearly half of all monetary donations -- came from unions.
Valle was a trustee on the board of directors that governs St. Rose hospital, which had economic woes so grave that the facility faced closure. He was also the Union City representative to ACAP from 2008-2010, something Hayashi has eluded to without mentioning Valle by name. Valle countered by saying that he blew the whistle on ACAP. He cast himself as a frugal supervisor who puts any disposal income into the district and recently shifted his role in the company he founded, Tri-Ced Community Recycling, to consultant. He was receiving a salary until late September.
In contrast to Valle's low-profile approach, Green was known for dominating the Union City council during his five terms as mayor. He was termed out after 19 years and made a run for the 18th Assembly District as an Independent but didn't qualify during the first round in June. He was also a distant runner-up during the original appointment process to the District 2 Supervisor's post. For his second attempt at the District 2 seat, he has gathered $6,975 from a mix of mostly individuals and business interests.
His aloofness, which can translate into arrogance instead of independence, may have hurt his chances during the first try at the District 2 seat. On a board monopolized by pro-labor supervisors and democrats, Green countered, his independence is a good thing. "I don't march to any particular beat," he said.
ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 2
Occupation: California State Assemblywoman District 18
Professional/elected history: Elected in 2006 to California State Assembly and currently serving a third term. Commissioner on the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Served on the California Board of Registered Nursing and is a former board member of Girls Inc. of Alameda County; Chabot College Foundation; and the National Breast Cancer Coalition
Personal background: Married; Hayward resident
Education: B.S. in applied economics from the University of San Francisco; MBA from Golden Gate University
Mark A. Turnquist
Occupation: Retired Alameda County Deputy Sheriff
Professional/elected history: Worked 23 years as an Alameda County deputy sheriff; U.S. Navy; business owner, Turnquist Excavating in Montana
Personal: Married; Hayward resident
Education: High school; Sheriff's Academy
Occupation: Alameda County Supervisor District 2 (appointed)
Professional/elected history: Founder and CEO Tri-Ced Community Recycling; Union City Councilmember; St. Rose Hospital board of directors; Chabot College Foundation; Alameda County Recycling Board; former Army medic
Personal: Married; Union City resident
Education: B.A. in sociology, M.A. in public administration from CSU Hayward.
Party affiliation: none
Occupation: Union City Mayor
Professional/elected history: Union City councilmember; Union City Mayor; insurance business; substitute teacher
Education: B.A. UC Berkeley; teaching credential program from the CSU East Bay